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The Ontario Coalition for Social Justice is dedicated to:
The Ontario Coalition for Social Justice began in 1985 as the Coalition Against Free Trade. It helped lead the fight against the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and later, against the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In 1988, the Coalition adopted its current name and played an active role opposing the GST. During the Progressive Conservative party's policy convention in Toronto in 1991, the OCSJ organized a week of protest in downtown Toronto.
During the years when Mike Harris was Premier of Ontario, the OCSJ cooperated with the labour movement in organizing Days of Action to protest the Conservative cuts to social programs, to health, and to education.
By 2003, the unions and groups in the coalition agreed to adopt the Ontario Needs a Raise (ONR) campaign to urge the Ontario government to raise social assistance rates, raise the minimum wage, and end the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement from the social assistance received by parents for their young children.
THE COALITION TODAY
Today, the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice is continuing its ONR campaign as well as cooperating with unions and community groups to advocate that recent immigrants and refugees in the province be welcomed, rather than excluded from programs which encourage inclusion and participation in Ontario communities.
We welcome any comments or questions you have about our organization, the website content, or our campaigns. You can reach usby mail:
Ontario Coalition for Social Justiceby phone:
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An OCSJ press release on International Human Rights Day
An Open Letter to the People of Ontario in Response to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Announced by the Ontario Government